Response of Advanced Composite Space Materials to Thermal Cycling

by Piyush K. Dutta, US Army Cold Regions Research &, Engineering Lab, United States,
John Kalafut, US Army Cold Regions Research &, Engineering Lab, United States,
Dennis Farrell, US Army Cold Regions Research &, Engineering Lab, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space

Abstract: In addition to microgravity and lack of atmosphere, the space environment provides intense radiation of both penetrating and nonpenetrating types. This paper focuses on the cyclic radiational heating and cooling of space structures and their long-term effects on the durability of composite materials are discussed.

Subject Headings: Composite structures | Composite materials | Radiation | Space structures | Space frames | Material durability | Construction materials | Stress strain relations

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